Despite being on a bye week, Tennessee Football isn’t without news. Josh Heupel spoke about the state of the Vols Wednesday, and Caleb Calhoun and Caleb Jarreau discuss his comments on injury updates on Off the Hook Sports’ Thursday, Oct. 5 podcast. They also talk about UT personnel, recruiting and NCAA rules, while Heupel’s salary and Week 6 bets also come up.
Which players does Tennessee Football need back after bye?
Josh Heupel said Wednesday that he expects wide receiver Dont’e Thornton and offensive linemen Andrej Karic and Jeremiah Crawford to be back when Tennessee Football returns from its bye to face the Texas A&M Aggies next week. All three missed UT’s game against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Who among those is the most important to return for the Vols?
Should Tennessee Football try out Dee Williams on offense?
Bru McCoy is out for the year due to injury, and Dee Williams posted a picture of himself with Squirrel White on his Instagram story earlier this week. Williams is a superb kickoff and punt returner. Could this mean that Tennessee Football is going to give him a look on offense going forward out of need?
How big was South Carolina win for Vols recruiting?
Tons of prospects were on hand to witness Tennessee Football beat the South Carolina Gamecocks last Saturday night. The Vols need to recruit the state of South Carolina to win, and on top of that, prospects at the game witnessed a loud Neyland Stadium crowd at night while UT also donned is Dark Mode uniforms. How big was this win for Rocky Top?
NCAA updates transfer, recruiting rules
The NCAA Division I Council has shrunk the transfer portal window for all athletes, bringing it down to just 45 days throughout the whole year. At the same time, it has eliminated the 25-player per year limit, instead just sticking with the 85-scholarship limit at any time. Also, photoshoots are banned for recruits on unofficial visits. Which of these is the biggest deal?
Josh Heupel a top 10 paid coach
USA TODAY’s annual coaches’ salary database has Tennessee Football head coach Josh Heupel at No. 9, bringing in $9 million a year. Heupel makes the same as Ole Miss Rebels coach Lane Kiffin, but his maximum bonus opportunities put him ahead of the former UT coach. Five other SEC coaches are ahead of Heupel. Does he belong where he’s at?
Week 6 picks and bets
With Tennessee Football on a bye week, what are the best picks and bets in college football SEC and top 25 games this Saturday? Now with October in full swing, we’ll bet every game involving an SEC team and two top 25 teams, as usual, but we’ll also bet any game involving two undefeated teams, as some still aren’t ranked.